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In a post from the Red Rocket Ventures blog, George Deeb, Managing Partner of Red Rocket Ventures, Founder of iExploreand Mentor at the Chicago Founder Institute, shares 23 inspiring quotes for entrepreneurs, spanning a wide range of luminaries like Barack Obama and Sun-tzu. You can read the full post here, which is part of George's "101 Startup Lessons - An Entrepreneur's Handbook." Below is an excerpt.



"Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall" Confucius

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”Sun-tzu

“Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard workHorace

"Energy and persistence conquer all things"- Benjamin Franklin

"I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it"Thomas Jefferson

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing”Abraham Lincoln

"Don't go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail"- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it”Henry David Thoreau

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when the gave up"Thomas Edison

"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do"- Henry Ford

"Why climb Mount Everest? Because it's there"George Mallory

"Imagination is more important than knowledge"Albert Einstein

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"- Albert Einstein

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler"Albert Einstein

"A good plan, executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week"- George Patton

"Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway"John Wayne

"Success is a journey, not a destination"Arthur Ashe

"Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier"- Colin Powell

“You can't rest on your laurels. Your own body of work is yet to come”Barack Obama

“Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love”David McCullough, Author

"The secret is to hire great people, don't interfere too much and when they're great, take the credit. Works like a charm"- Woody Allen

"Confucius always said, a schmuck is defined as someone who has achieved all their goals"Sam Zell

"Summiting the mountain requires stamina and strength of heart, and you won't know if you have it, until you need it"Jacob Kyungai, Kilimanjaro guide


Red Rocket Ventures is a Chicago-based startup consulting and fund-raising firm with expertise in advising internet-related businesses.  Follow Red Rocket's Managing Partner, George Deeb, on Twitter at @georgedeeb.

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